Work spaces

I’ve moved to a new apartment, and for the first time, I have an abundance of space. I never thought I’d find such an inspiring place to call home and studio in the city, but here I am. I’ve set every piece of furniture to face the windows, a little writing desk in my bedroom for early morning dream recording and evening letter writing, a table facing the lights across the water, and am now preparing my studio space. There is a large wall on which to work, and a small room for a desk and collections of inspiration.

As I settle in, I’m finding inspiration from others’ work spaces. From studios to kitchens to garages to field stations to writing nooks, I’m taking it all in. What an inspiration to see where others work through theirs. What impetus to be among them, by making this work space my own.

Field Station, loading area and sandbox in Sable Island- Over the Dunes, Beyond Wild Horses. Photo by Roger Lloyd.

Sable Island Field Station, set up at the Museum of Natural History. Photo by Roger Lloyd.

Jay Rawding studio
Jay Rawding‘s studio/workbench. Objects were mainly found on her explorations of rural Cape Breton.

Julia Child’s kitchen, installed at the Smithsonian.


Fenn Martin’s old studio in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He’s since built what sounds like a ceramicist’s dream on his new property!


Kaeli Cook’s pottery studio in Sackville, NB. I so admire the childhood kit in the corner. I keep my own talisman in the studio—a box for a paperdoll, one of the gingham’s called “Katie’s artist’s loft.”

Although there is something enviable about studio spaces outside of the home, I’m very much looking forward this period in my life where studio life integrates with my home life. Given that work at Eyelevel Gallery is so active and consuming, home must be as supportive of creativity as I can make it. Blurring my own lines between what is practice and what is life, I’m setting intentions in this space to facilitate all kinds of creation and absorption. I’m reveling in my newly reinstalled bookshelves, which have immediately created a feeling of home. I now have tables, chairs, and dishes to seat eight, so can commit to hosting  Food for Thought! I’m thrilled to have the space to try this out.


For those of you who, like me, could spend hours staring at bookshelves, enjoy: